Gregory O’Brien’s tongue-in-cheek, ‘prize giving’ with Kim Hill was a terrific celebration of poetry books released this year. A highlight for me was hearing Kerry Hines read two poems. She reminded me a little of Fiona Farrell when she reads. You also get to hear Tim Upperton read one of Gregory’s favourite poems of the year — that reminded me a tad of a Don McGlashan song.
You can hear the whole discussion here. It’s worth listening to!
I have also included the books Gregory ran out of time for:
You Fit the Descripton: the Selected Poems of Peter Olds (Cold Hub Press, ISBN: 978-0-473-29803-6);
Sweeping the Courtyard: the Selected Poems of Michael Harlow (Cold Hub Press, ISBN: 978-0-473-27420-7);
Si No Te Hubieras Ido / If Only You Hadn’t Gone by Rogelio Geudea, translated by Roger Hickin (Cold Hub Press, ISBN 978-473-28658-3);
The Art of Excavation by Leilani Tamu (Anahera Press, ISBN: 978-0-473-29004-7);